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Happy Groundhog Day
A February 2 Tradition

February 2nd 2017

February 2 is groundhog day! And what did Wiarton Willie & Shubenacadie Sam have to say? They agree that there will be an early Spring in 2017!


But now for a little history ...

What Do People Do?
Many Canadians celebrate Groundhog Day. Some Christian churches also celebrate Candlemas on this day, while others use Groundhog Day to take down their Christmas decorations.

Groundhog Day is growing more and more popular in Canada.  There is a festival in Wiarton, Bruce County, Ontario, where the town groundhog, Wiarton Willie, delivers his “prediction” early in the morning on February 2 every year.

Public Life
Groundhog Day is not a public holiday in Canada. However, areas around parks and some streets may be busy or congested in towns where Groundhog Day events are popular.

Early or Late Spring?
Thousands of years ago when animalism and nature worship were prevalent, people in the part of Europe where Germany is today, believed that the badger had the power to predict the coming of spring. They watched the badger to know when to plant their crops.

This tradition was brought over to North America, predominantly to Pennsylvania in the United States, where it was the groundhog, not the badger, which made these “predictions”.

According to folklore, if the groundhog sees its shadow on February 2 it will return to its burrow, indicating that there will be six more weeks of winter. If it does not see its shadow, then spring is on the way.

The Groundhog Day concept first became popular in Canada in 1956 when Wiarton Willie became a household name for his early February weather predictions. Wiarton’s Groundhog Day festival grew as Willie’s fame increased. It became one of the largest winter festivals in Bruce County, Canada.

There are also other groundhogs in different parts of Canada. For example, Shubenacadie Sam is reportedly the first groundhog in the country to stick its head out on Groundhog Day. Other groundhogs include: Gary the Groundhog in Ontario, Brandon Bob in Manitoba and Balzac Billy in Alberta.

From: www.timeanddate.com/holidays/canada/groundhog-day

Remembrance Day Concert
Living Arts Centre, Mississauga

November 4th 2016

Remembrance Day Concert at the Living Arts Centre, 7:00 pm
http://www.livingartscentre.ca/theatre-performances/a-remembrance-day-concert-17

Lest We Forget
Rememberance Services in Mississauga 2016

November 3rd 2016

Lest We Forget

I Am Mississauga: Mississauga Remembers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnylUJRlRUQ


Remembrance Services in Mississauga 2016

Sunday, November 6th, 2016
Army Navy and Air Force Veterans In Canada – Lakeview Unit 262
765 Third Street, Mississauga
Parade time: 10:15 am at the Army Navy and Air Force headquarters (765 Third Street)
Ceremony time: 11:00 am at the Army Navy and Air Force (Lakeview) Cenotaph

Sunday, November 6th, 2016
Royal Canadian Legion – Colonel Tom Kennedy (Cooksville) Branch 582
456 Hensall Circle
Parade time: 10:15 am at the Cooksville Legion
Ceremony time: 11:00 am at the St. John’s Anglican Cemetery Cenotaph

Friday, November 11th, 2016

City of Mississauga Community Memorial
Celebration Square, Mississauga Civic Centre (300 City Centre Drive)
Ceremony time: 10:45 am to 11:20 am

Friday, November 11th, 2016
Royal Canadian Legion – Streetsville Branch 139 (Streetsville Overseas Veterans Club)
101 Church Street, Mississauga
Parade time: 10:15 am from the Streetsville Legion
Ceremony time: 11:00 am at the Streetsville Cenotaph / Streetsville Village Square

Friday, November 11th, 2016
Royal Canada Legion – Port Credit Branch 82
35 Front Street North, Mississauga
Parade time: 9:30 am from the Port Credit Legion (35 Front Street North)
Ceremony time: 11:00 am at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church / Port Credit Cenotaph (Stavebank Road)

Friday, November 11th, 2016
Remembrance Day Concert at the Living Arts Centre, 7:00 pm

http://www.livingartscentre.ca/theatre-performances/a-remembrance-day-concert-17

Inspiration Lakeview
Plans unveiled for new waterfront development in Lakeview

September 30th 2016

MPP Charles Sousa and City of Mississauga Ward 1 Councillor Jim Tovey, the City of Mississauga and Credit Valley Conservation, together with other partners, have announced plans for the exciting and long-anticipated developments for the waterfront and shoreline in Lakeview:

http://www.mississauga.ca/portal/residents/inspirationlakeview

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2016/09/24/ambitious-project-will-give-mississauga-new-coastline.html

https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2016/09/25/people-power-brought-down-plans-to-make-electricity-on-lakeview-site.html

Future of Britannia Farm
Peel District School Board Public Meeting

September 29th 2016

The Peel District School Board is planning for the future of the Britannia farm site, a 200-acre farm parcel granted by The Crown to support education in 1833. Farm revenue from the rental of the property was to be used to support a school, now known as The Old Britannia Schoolhouse, and for the advancement of education in the County of Peel.

The Peel District School Board has hosted a number of public meetings to discuss the future of this significant site.

For more information, please visit:

http://www.peelschools.org/aboutus/britanniafarm/Pages/default.aspx

http://www.mississauga.com/news-story/6875607-will-first-nations-heritage-be-part-of-britannia-farm-development-/

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